22 days in France Itinerary

22 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Nice
— 3 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Etretat
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 6 nights
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Nice

— 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Nice is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice vacation builder.

Auckland, New Zealand to Nice is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 11 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Nice when traveling from Auckland in April, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods

Saint-Raphael

— 2 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Notre Dame d‘Afrique, then don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, and then stop by Catalan Bougie. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Musee des Troupes de Marine, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Saint-Francois de Paule, appreciate the history behind Monument aux Morts, then stroll through Les Balcons du Cap Roux, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Total Xscape.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Nice in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Saint-Raphael, with highs around 24°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Marseille

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 10th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Michel Church, take in the pleasant sights at Calanque de Port-Miou, cruise along Route des Cretes, then see the interesting displays at Musee des Chantiers Naval, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Marseille attractions planning tool.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Avignon

— 2 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area and then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Domaine Albin Jacumin, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, then make a trip to Les Eclaireurs Sculpteurs Africains, and finally examine the collection at Musee Angladon.

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Drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Avignon, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Bayeux.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 14th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Hermanville War Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at Pegasus Memorial, stroll the grounds of Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Musee et sites archeologiques de Vieux-la-Romaine, and finally head outdoors with Norman'Air.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux tour planning site.

You can fly from Avignon to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Avignon in April, things will get little chillier in Bayeux: highs are around 17°C and lows about 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Etretat.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Etretat

— 2 nights
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval, then don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers, then head outdoors with Cote d'Albatre, and finally get great views at Falaises d'Etretat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Veloroute du Lin, experience rural life at La Ferme aux Escargots, and then stroll through Plage Du Tilleul.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Etretat day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Bayeux to Etretat in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Paris

— 6 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Paris online vacation builder.

You can drive from Etretat to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Paris are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.